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Do Blacks Need Favors?

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 10:16 AM
Every idea the left has is bad in execution. But no matter, it's the feelings and the intended results that count in their world view.
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The Day of the Hawk

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 7:44 PM
The amount of money we've spent on defense in the last 10 years, 20 years. 30 years, 70 years -- pick your timeframe -- dwarfs every other country combined. I support a strong defense. I don't support paying for the defense of nations who laugh all the way to the bank, contributing a pittance to defense, while we pay their freight. Why should we care more about the defense of Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, France than they do themselves? If they are truly concerned, let them pony up: Money talks, BS walks. It isn't isolationism to defend our taxpayers, current and future generations, against foreign freeloaders.
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The Day of the Hawk

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 12:39 PM
Amazing. McCain is so sadly predictable. I wonder if he's lost his mind. We have the biggest stick on the planet. There's no need for bellicose talk. Nobody has more war experience, or more military might than we do. The ones that talk are compensating. What we need are more allies willing to pay their fair share for defense. If wealthy European and Asian governments have enough money to pay for socialized medicine, subsidized retirements, provide near-universal funding of post-secondary education, lavish mandatory vacation and paternity leave laws, etc., then they can also afford to pay for their own defense needs. Our taxpayers have been footing the defense bills for half the world for 70 years, contributing to our current crippling debt posture, while our "allies" live comfortably in the peace our citizens unwillingly provide, under threat of force. All so that our preening politicians can strut around talking tough, getting people killed for no lasting gain.
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The Armpit of Academia

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 2:03 PM
There've always been kooks in academia. It's a great place to hide and get paid, in spite of one's eccentricities and delusions. They're amusing, until they get power. They also serve to highlight the utter follly of public financing and lavish subsidy of colleges. Our tax dollars are paying for this claptrap. Let's work together to reduce those lavish subsidies. Given the easy accessibility of research and lectures on-line, traditional institutions of learning have less value now than ever before, yet our government can't spend enough, entraping many vulnerable people in hopeless debt (a big reason the DSS rolls have become so large). Wonder how much salary professor armpit-obsessor would enjoy if the free market decided her value?
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The Brazil of North America

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 18, 2014 12:02 PM
I argue that the root cause of the problems you describe isn't that we have too many people. It's that we have too much government in the form of welfare/entitlement spending, and an excessively burdensome regulatory scheme that suppresses entrepreneurial activities that fuel job creation.
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The Brazil of North America

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Jul 18, 2014 11:41 AM
By "we", I meant the general citizenry. Americans by and large mind their own business, and will leave you alone if you do likewise. You can live in relative peace here, no matter where you came from, what you look like, how you worship, etc. If we weren't generally welcoming to new arrivals, they wouldn't come.The exceptions you mention are merely examples of protectionism by well-connected monied interests (i.e. unions).
Two points: 1) Until a few decades ago, we had "open borders" from our inception as a nation. People traveled and lived freely throughout North America. Yet, we were still a sovereign nation. We don't need armed barricades at our borders in order to be a nation. 2) Absent welfare state policies, would anyone really care about immigrants? It's the idea that the unskilled and unmotivated will over-burden the government hand-out system that motivates much of the vitriol hurled at illegal immigrants. One of the many unintended consequences of lavish government welfare programs is the animosity generated against new arrivals. Where we used to welcome those who came to work hard and prosper, we now see them as potential burdens to our system.
Did Iraq attack us? Are they planning to strike us?
Booz Allen employee?
You pretend knowledge you don't have, just like the left, and your crusades are dangerous, just like the left.
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